How we work in an emergency
We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.
Families we have reached so far
Millions of families have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq. Read some of their stories below and find out how your donations are making a real difference.
Sara Haqi Ismail
Sara Haqi Ismail fled the Diyala province, northern Iraq, with her two children in December 2014.
She told us: 'Since I arrived here the host community have looked after me, I feel safer here, I am not scared that my children will get killed. I am getting food, but my future is a mystery. I don’t know what is waiting for me.'
With your donations, our partner REACH is providing desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits to thousands of vulnerable families like Sara's living outside of camps in northern Iraq.
Laman and her children fled to northern Iraq to escape bombings in their home town of Aleppo, Syria, three years ago. Dwindling savings and lack of job opportunities forced them to downgrade from a decent apartment to a windowless basement garage.
To help them build confidence and find a way to enjoy life, our partner REACH has provided networking programmes for women and children, such as sewing lessons for Laman and singing workshops for her children – a real lifeline for the family.
Her daughter Navene enjoyed the singing groups. She told us: ‘I made friends with everyone there. I love all of them!’
Khatwn Mizra, her son and daughter, were some of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on mount Sinjar in the summer of 2014. On the summit there was no shade, no water and no food. Her husband went looking for water and never returned.
Our partner REACH is providing families like Khatwn's with desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits.
She now lives in a community of displaced Yazidis renting disused buildings in Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq.